Sharing Inspiration

One of the coolest things about starting this blog is the connection I’ve made with other bloggers. Although there are quite a few family members and friends who read my posts, the overwhelming majority of followers are fellow writers and bloggers who take the time to check out my site, subscribe to my feed and offer up insightful and kind comments on the things I write. Fortunately for me, I’ve stumbled upon a supportive community of diverse and inspiring people who have most often started their own blogs just for the love of sharing and to honour the creative process.

One such follower is Tricia over at The Do-Gooder Mama. Tricia is a brilliant woman who has put her career in the non-profit sector on hold to raise her 2 young daughters and as she puts it “ just because I am home raising my totally delectable and scrumptious babies and not contributing to the household coffers in the traditional sense, does not mean I have to allow myself to succumb to Mommy Brain Atrophy.  And so, The Do-Gooder Mama, was conceived.” Her site is chock full of ideas that combine her passions for motherhood and charity and quite often I have been inspired to try out her “do-gooder activities” with my own family.

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A huge thank you to Tricia for nominating me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award“. I am honoured.  And the award is even sweeter since it came from one of my peers and someone I admire.

The rules for accepting the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are as follows:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website.
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

So here we go! 7  Interesting things about me:

1. I get easily addicted to video games and/or apps on my iPhone (have you tried Subway Surfer, Jet Pack Joyride, Whirly Word or Chicktionary?)

2. Although I’m a plant-based foodie, I really don’t enjoy traditional salads all that much.

3. My husband thinks I’m a class-a-holic because I sign up for practically every class/workshop/seminar that I hear about (and he’s right).

4. I love to go dancing and I’m not afraid to be the first one out on the dance floor.

5. A psychic once told me I was a warrior in another life.

6. I really wanted to call my youngest son “Ewan” but my 2 older kids wouldn’t let me because they said it rhymed with “Pooing”

7. I think “Sweet Georgia Browns” at Purdy’s are hands-down the best chocolates on the planet!

15 Deserving Bloggers:

1. The Pollyanna Plan

2. Live Blissful

3. 365 Days of Vegan Food

4. Cuter Than Gluten

5. Honk if You’re Vegan

6. The Imperfect Nutritarian

7. My Plant-Based Family

8. Fueled By Vegetables

9. Life On The Voice Over List

10. 365 Cups of Kindness

11. Blue Sky Vitality

12. Bloom Lisa

13. Laura’s Mess

14. Journey With Julia

15. Better Bites

Thanks again Tricia and thank you to all of my fellow bloggers who inspire me to keep learning, writing and creating every day!

My First Blog Award!

Woohoo and holy cow! I was just nominated for a Liebster Award from fellow blogger Lindsay Gray at The Leaking Boob. Lindsay is a new mom who shares her stories, recipes and insights as she navigates the choppy waters of new motherhood. Thank you so much Lindsay! I am honoured.

Liebster Awards go to “up and coming” bloggers with less than 200 followers.  The origins of this award are unclear and are simply given by fellow award nominees to blogs that inspire them and that they enjoy reading.  “Liebster” means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome in German.

When you receive a Liebster Award, you have to give 11 random facts about yourself, answer 11 questions posed by the nominator, nominate 11 other blogs, and pose 11 questions for your nominees.  Here we go…..

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11 Random Facts about Myself:

1.  I once won an award for being the first person in my breakdancing class to do the worm.

2.  When I was little I wanted to be an singer….and maybe secretly I still do.

3.  I have a racy sense of humour and I love to play practical jokes.

4.  My maternal grandfather was a gold miner in northern Ontario.

5.  My lucky number is 3 and my 3 kids are my greatest joy in life.

6.  My husband and I were prom king and queen at Gananoque Secondary School.

7.  Potato chips are my kryptonite.

8.  My parents told my sister and I that if we ate candy before noon we would get worms. And I believed them until I was 19!

9.  I have an Honours degree from the University of Western Ontario in english and drama.

10.  In grade 5 I went all the way to the Ontario finals in public speaking with my speech on Bob & Doug McKenzie.

11.  I wear yoga pants at some point pretty much every day.

11 Questions from Lindsay:

1.  Favorite book: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

2.  Favorite online shopping site: Saffron Rouge

3.  Happiest childhood memory: Christmas in Virginiatown

4.  Biggest goal on your bucket list: Spending a month in Italy with my family

5.  One place you’re dying to travel: Australia

6.  Biggest inspiration: People who remain open to change, to keeping an open mind and to seeing things from a different perspective at any age and stage of life

7.  Favorite season: Spring

8.  Biggest pet peeve: Negative people

9.  One person you would like to meet: Louise Hay

10.  Age when you got your first cell phone: 32

11.  3 words to describe yourself: curious, creative and determined

11 Nominees:

1. The Imperfect Nutritarian

2. 365 Cups of Kindness

3. Leanin’ Vegan, Going Green and Staying Sane

4. Top of the Guac

5. Sister Bakers

6. Hope and Company

7. Mommy Laughs

8. The Do-Gooder Mama

9. Fried Tofu

10. Selah Koile RHN

11. Om Girls Guide

11 Questions From Me:

1. If you could have one superpower – what would it be?

2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

3. What are your top 3 books of all time?

4. What are your top 3 movies of all time?

5. Which celebrity would you most like to have dinner with?

6. What makes you laugh the most?

7. What is the best joke you’ve ever heard?

8. Who inspires you?

9. What did you want to be when you were a child?

10. What is the most interesting place you’ve ever travelled to?

11. What are you most grateful for?

Thanks again Lindsay! And I appreciate the opportunity to pay it forward.